At least 18 reported dead as typhoon hits China

Erika Holt
August 12, 2019

Thirteen people were killed and 16 remain missing after Typhoon Lekima made landfall in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on Saturday, resulting in the shutdown of hundreds of ferries, flights and train services.

Typhoon Lekima triggered a landslip and floods after making landfall in Zhejiang, about 190 miles south of Shanghai, on Saturday.

China has also cancelled flights, and temporarily shut down a high-speed train between Shanghai and other cities.

It has already damaged more than 189,000 hectares (about 467,000 acres) of crops and 36,000 homes in Zhejiang, and provincial authorities estimated the economic losses to be around 16.6 billion yuan ($2.35 billion), the state news agency Xinhua said on August 11.

As of 5pm yesterday, the super typhoon left 6.51 million people impacted in the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong and Fujian as well as the city of Shanghai, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management. 18 people were still missing, according to Zhejiang provincial authorities.

Last September, Typhoon Mangkhut hit mainland China, causing the evacuation of more than 2 million people.

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The Shanghai Disney Resort, including Shanghai Disneyland, was closed on Saturday for safety reasons as Typhoon Lekima swept the city.

More than one million people were moved to safety before the storm struck, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The storm has also sparked major disruptions in Taiwan, forcing the autonomous island to close schools and ground flights.

It is expected to make a second landing along the coastline in Shandong late Sunday, bringing strong wind and heavy downpours, the National Meteorological Centre warned on Sunday. Both provinces have already issued a red alert for torrential rain.

China was also hit by a magnitude six quake just a day ago, so experts are warning that this, alongside the typhoon, could cause more landslides due to the unstable ground.

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